Demo gardens open to the public

October 9, 2015 by Marilyn

Cactus demo garden

Cactus demonstration garden

Over 1,000 identified plants in demo garden

Desert landscaping means a lot more than just cactus! When visiting University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Demonstration and Test Gardens, you will be amazed to see over 1,000 different identified species of plants, trees and palms that flourish in the desert southwest.

All the plants throughout the demonstration gardens are identified with bright blue and white plaques noting their Botanic and common name. In the gardens, you will find plants from Abelia x grandiflora, Glossy Abelia, to Zephyranthes x Zodiac Surprise, Rain Lily, and hundreds in between. The gardens also house a rose, cactus, herb and children’s demonstration areas.

Find alphabetical listings online for the plants, cactus, trees and palms found in the gardens.

2015 Southern Nevada Landscape Award winner

October 7, 2015 by Marilyn

Congratulations sign

The award of excellence is the highest honor earned in the Southern Nevada Landscape Awards. Winners of the award demonstrate superior design skill and a mastery of landscape and gardening practices.

The City of Las Vegas Doolittle Senior Center Community Garden received this prestigious honor in September.

For 10 years, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Don Fabbi has been coordinating and educating the gardeners, volunteers and neighboring residents at the Community Garden. Fabbi’s dedication to the garden was instrumental in the award of excellence designation.


Engineered wash did its job!

October 6, 2015 by Marilyn

Outdoor Education Center WashOn Monday, Oct. 5, the record rainfall filled the engineered wash at the Outdoor Education Center. The right bottom of the photo shows the concrete culvert that leads off the property to the County’s flood control wash. The great thing is that the water never made it there.

It was absorbed into the ground along the way; hence, putting all of it into the natural water table. This wash was designed to handle all of the run-off from the hardscape (building and parking lots) areas.

As you can see, it is doing exactly what it is supposed to do!

Charity golf tournament set for Oct. 11

October 6, 2015 by Marilyn

Photo of team wearing required aprons for that hole.

Team members John, George and Cynthia wear aprons that they had to golf in on that hole in the 2014 tournament!

The fifth annual Chefs for Kids charity golf tournament will be held at Painted Desert Golf Course on Sunday, October 11. There is a shotgun start at 7:00 a.m.

Cooperative Extension’s Chefs for Kids program is a joint effort of the American Culinary Federation Chefs of Las Vegas and Cooperative Extension. Chefs for Kids, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization, committed to eliminating malnutrition and hunger in children through education and awareness.

The tournament is being sponsored by the BrownBlankfeld Group. Once again, Findlay Honda has offered a new car for a hole in one. If you would like more information, please visit the website.

Oct. gardening classes scheduled

October 1, 2015 by Marilyn

Master Gardener Denise McConnell

Birds, Bees and Butterflies class conducted by Master Gardener Denise McConnell.

The City of Henderson and the Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners—for the 10th year–will offer free classes at Acacia Park during October. The classes  published in “Henderson Happenings.” The classes will be taught by a Cooperative Extension volunteer Master Gardener instructors and begin at 9 a.m.